Saffas supreme in UK
19 May 2010
South African players dominated SkySports Dream Team for the 2010 English Premiership.
Six South Africans make the side, one selected by the SkySports experts who followed the Premiership on a weekly basis.
Saracens duo Schalk Brits and Ernst Joubert have made a signficiant contribution to the club’s march to the Premiership final against Leicester, while former Shark Brad Barritt has been the best midfielder in the competition.
Barritt’s omission from the England squad to tour New Zealand and Australia was one that stunned Saracens Director of Rugby Brendan Venter, but equally mystefying is how Venter was overlooked for the Director of Rugby award. Venter, in his first season in charge, guided Saracens to third in the Premiership and booked a place in the final with an away win against Northampton.
Only four English-born players make the Premiership Dream Team and Leicester’s hyped pack has no representation.
Sky Sports Dream Team: A Goode (Saracens); C Ashton (Northampton) S Rabeni (Leeds), B Barritt (Saracens), S Hamilton (Leicester); T Flood (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester); S Tonga’uiha (Northampton), S Brits (Saracens), C Hayman (Newcastle), M Wentzel, (Leeds), J Kruger (Northampton), P Dowson (Northampton, captain), H Fourie (Leeds), E Joubert (Saracens).